Looking for a weekend getaway with your family? Something your kids would love? Maybe the place you're looking for is Fuji Safari Park. There are things that only this park offers, like the view of Mt. Fuji on clear days, and a chance to see elephants swimming in a giant pool. The park is divided into two parts, the Safari Zone and the Fureai Zone, which includes cat, dog, and rabbit houses where you are allowed to feed, pet and play with these cute animals (500 yen for each house). And if you want to get a better look at animals like lions, elephants, bears, camels, etc., you should enter the Safari Zone.
There are many ways to enjoy going around the Safari Zone:
- In your car
- Riding the Jungle Buses (1,300 yen — Children aged two or under are free of charge.)
- By navigation car (5,000 yen per car, with capacity for five or seven passengers)
It’s going to be a fun-filled day if you spend it here with your family or with your friends.
★Access: From Nagoya Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen bound for Shizuoka Station (64 minutes). From Shizuoka Station, change to the train going to Numazu Station via the JR Tokaido Line (53 minutes). Then from Numazu Station, change to the train bound for Gotemba Station (34 minutes). From there, take the fixed-route bus going to the Fuji Safari Park. (Note: They offer discounts if you buy a package that includes round-trip bus tickets [Gotemba Station-Fuji Safari Park] and entrance tickets for Fuji Safari Park.)
Photos & report by Monica E. Doble
* 15 JTNC Travel Reporters are currently reporting from Central Japan.